Luis Sinco / LAT
The marble and limestone Aphrodite is a centerpiece of the large antiquities collection that the J. Paul Getty Museum has on display at its Villa. Standing 7 feet tall and said to be about 2,500 years old, the sculpture was purchased by the Getty for $18 million in the late 1980s. Questions about whether it was illegally excavated and sold to the museum persist. The artwork has become a symbol of what Italy sees as the Gettys complicity in a black market for antiquities.
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